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Citizens United President David Bossie speaks on the steps of the Supreme Court after its Jan. 21, 2010, decision gutting campaign finance laws. (Credit: AP)

The 15 Biggest High Court Decisions Of The Past 15 Years

As the U.S. Supreme Court’s term draws to a close, Law360 takes a look back at the 15 high court decisions that have had the greatest impact on our lives over the last 15 years — monumental rulings that marked the final word in fights over gay rights, health care, intellectual property rights and the presidency of the United States.

  • Trump Sues Univision For $500M In Miss USA Contract Row

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday sued Univision Networks & Studios Inc. for $500 million in New York state court for dropping coverage of the Miss USA Pageant, which Trump partly owns, over incendiary remarks he made about Mexican immigrants.

  • 5th Circ. Gives BP Engineer New Trial Over Juror Misconduct

    A BP PLC engineer who was part of the company’s efforts to stop the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is entitled to a new trial because a juror overheard outside evidence in the case in a courtroom elevator, the Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • 9th Circ. Rejects Tribal Immunity In Casino Detention Suit

    Tonto Apache tribal officers are not immune to claims that they illegally detained and seized the property of strategic gamblers at the tribe’s casino, the Ninth Circuit said Tuesday, saying tribal officials can be sued as individuals for civil rights violations under color of state law.

  • Fed. Circ. Deems CBP's Duties Prepayment Rule Constitutional

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday acknowledged the harsh nature of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection rule requiring the full payment of duties by an importer before a court case can proceed, but nevertheless found the policy to be in line with the due process requirements of the U.S. Constitution.

  • Goldman Inks $7M Deal With SEC Over Options Fiasco

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will pay $7 million for its August 2013 misfiring of options contract executions, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission saying Tuesday that the investment bank lacked proper controls to prevent erroneously priced options orders from being sent.

  • EPA Imposes New Air Emissions Standards For Ferroalloys

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday finalized new air toxic emissions standards covering facilities that produce ferroalloys, which are used in iron and steel making and to produce steel and cast iron products with enhanced or special properties.